Successive Rows of Horizontal, Straight Lines from Top to Bottom, and Vertical, Straight Lines from Left to Right (2014)
After finding a high-resolution photograph of a Sol LeWitt wall drawing, a work which was composed of a regular pattern of horizontal and vertical lines, I wrote computer software to digitally slice the photograph into a grid of 196 squares (14 rows by 14 columns), and coordinate 196 Amazon Mechanical Turk employees to work on one square each. The workers were given a simple mouse-based vector drawing tool, and an empty square drawing area, and were asked to draw a copy of their segment of the LeWitt piece. Their every mouse stroke was captured and combined automatically back into the original grid layout, to produce a digital handmade copy of the original LeWitt wall drawing. As each worker was paid USD$.05, the total cost of the artwork was USD$9.80. As the drawing tool used by the workers was vector-based, the drawings can be scaled up digitally to any size without a loss of quality, allowing, given a large enough printer, a high-quality wall-sized reproduction.